Stouterik (The Brussels Stout) | Brasserie de la Senne

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Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)Stouterik (The Brussels Stout)

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Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rawthar
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just got my Beer Planet shipment home, and this is the first that I'm cracking from that haul. Didn't realize that this had such a low alcohol content when I picked it out.

A- Ebony black with the creamy tan head that I'm used to seeing disappear rapidly on all of the Impys I usually drink. This one hangs around, and leaves some nice looking lacing.

S- Wow! I was not expecting such a bold aroma from a dry stout. Burnt wood, dark over-ripe fruit, traces of smoke, the kitchen the day after baking brownies, and enough strong malts to almost just almost suggest booziness.

T- All of the aromas take a back seat to a very bitter, dry front - it is tasty, but all of those wonderful complex notes in the nose get pushed out of the way. As bitter as coffee without any sugar, but actual coffee flavor is definitely an afterthought. Good change of pace for a stout, refreshing and sort of light.

M- A nice level of carbonation in a fairly light body, this is about right on for the style. Would be nice to try on nitro.

D- The thin character and low abv make this easy on the body, but the extreme dryness kind of makes this less satisfying over all then some of the sippers.

A good, not great, dry stout, that would be a good lunchtime drink.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, essentially black, with a typical Belgian style tan head. Fairly good retention and lacing. Very visually appealing.

Aroma is quite inviting as well; roasted malts and chocolate. Pretty standard for an American stout, but this is Belgian Stout, I wouldn't call it an Irish Dry Stout that's for sure.

Taste is much more than you would expect from a Dry Stout, much more flavor, lots of chocolate and roasted dark malts. Extremely flavorful without being heavy handed at all, Belgian yeast I believe helps with that aspect.

Mouthfeel is creamy without feeling too thick or heavy, there is a nice level of carbonation which I also contribute to the Belgian yeast strain they are using. I think the mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability is off the charts because of the amount of flavor packed into this low ABV offering. Highly recommended but I don't think I will be paying $4 a bottle for this one again when there are comparable cheaper offerings around.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bistro. Black, with a little permanent off-whte head, lace on the sides of the glass, and rising carbonation bubbles. Sourish aromas, mild roast as well. The mouthfeel is below average. The taste is a mild stout, with roast right there. Sourish roast, a tad astringent, in the finish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Dark brown body. Fizzy, crackling head that recedes to a small ring.

Smell: Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts. Dark pitted fruit, fig. Not a sweet stout at all, actually bitter (hops, unsweetened chocolate). Love it.

Mouthfeel: Super spritzy carbonation, medium bodied brew. Semi-dry.

Drinkability: High. A good Belgian stout that is closer to a modest Russian Imperial Stout than an Irish Dry Stout. Still worthy nonetheless.

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at moeder lambic fontainas

Very dark-almost black. Tan head, medium size bubbles but not lasting very long
The aroma is pretty much what you expect from a stout: pure black bitter choccolate and coffee dominating, roasted malts. Intense and quite persistent scent. The body is light and the carbonation too fizzy.
In the mouth it feels very smooth , the dark malts taste is the main characteristic and there is a nice bitterness coming from hops as well. I like the bitterness coating my mouth and lasting several minutes.

Good stout for its type

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a soft white head, good lace, good head retention.

S: Black malt, roast, hint of fruit.

T: Dry roasty black malt is the main flavour, notes of dark chocolate, charcoal, with a hint of hops.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, easy drinking.

D: A well made Irish Dry Stout, even though it's coming from Belgium, there's nothing Belgian about it, true to style.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice, light brown to tan, medium sized head and no lace. Color is an almost opaque dark brown with amber highlights. Nose is roast malt, cocoa, coffee, a hint of skunk. Flavor is a litlte like nose minus the skunk. Dry stout with a bit of fruit arond the edges. Not a lot of depth. Body is ok but carbonation is a little too fizzy for the style. Finish is like flavor with some legs. Neat label though.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the marked down cart at Bestway today not knowing what to expect from this beer,I was pleasantly surprised.Poured into a tulip glass more of a dark brown than black,a fluffy one finger slight off white head atop that settled into a creamy mass leaving two rings of broken lace behind.Lighter cocoa aromas with some metallic/iron,the roast comes thru more as it warms a little.Flavors are very much like a dry stout up front,unsweetened chocolate,dark roast,and char make up the initial flavors, a decent fruitiness comes in late rounding it out very well.Very nice for a "smaller" stout,much more complex than expected.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring of foam, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of roasted malt, ginger and other spices, prunes/raisins, and chocolate.

Tastes of mild coffee, milky milk chocolate, prunes and dried figs, ginger, with a little bitterness in the mid-palate and a stronger bitter finish that is dry.

Body is medium with mild carbonation, finishing light and dry. Mouthfeel is differently light for the style.

I think this is a tasty version of a stout, and at 4.5% it has alot of the taste elements of stronger Belgian ales, yet is sessionable. Packs alot of flavor that stronger ales are noted for but with considerably less alcohol. On the brewer's and distributor's websites, this beer is described as a pure version of a classic Belgian stout, made by brewers who are dedicated to making beers using old traditions. This style of beer is often altered to make it more widely appealing using cheap methods, such as nitrogenation or adding spices. I value the purity of their approach, which to me is evident in the taste, just as it is when I have an Orval. This one needs to be resampled to be fully appreciated.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a bark black with about two and a half fingers of light brown head.

The smell is a bit has a strong milky sour chocolate flavor. Is a bit sweet with some dark malt flavor and a small plastic flavor that is giving me a hint that this beer may be hitting it's shelf life.

The taste is a bit off with a bitterness that seems to take over for a bit before releasing to a bit of a chocolate flavor that is enjoyable. Has a bit of a premium dark chocolate flavor and some dryness that does take a bit off the flavor.

The feel is a bit light but is also a bit crazy on the palete at the same time. It does leave a little to be desired in the way that there is a nice chocolate feel but dries off to a grape feel and leaves the tongue a bit chapped.

It was a pleasant experence but still left a little to be desired.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a rather large, bubbly head. Very creamy in appearance with a burnt, light brown look. Dark, coffee-colored appearance, but the head dominates, even with its lacking lacing. Aromas have a decent mix of cream, toffee, coffee, burnt sugars. Taste has more of an acidic, bitter fruit taste to it mixed with a milky cream. Like you can see in this review, the creamy aspect is a plus to this drink, but its not overpowering or too off-balanced. Overall, decent.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body with a thick head of dirty tan with lots of bubble caught in it. There is a strong carbonation of bubble that keep gliding up from the base.

S- The clean light chocolate milk aroma is followed by a soft hop finish that has a lime quality to it. As the beer warms the lime quality increases.

T- There is a chocolate malt flavor that taste a bit stale with a sour flavor to follow. As the beer warms this sour flavor turns more bright and a chalky flavor comes through. The finish is a carbonic acid lemon lime soda flavor followed by nothing for a moment then a roasted bitterness comes back onto the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture and no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a pretty thin flavor with some interesting qualities and a unique hop profile. This beer intrigued me but I'm not sure I could drink to many of them.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a beer tasting with the brewers at Gordon's in Watertown.

This beer pours black with ruby highlights to the edges when held to the light. An offwhite 1/2 finger head sits on top with decent head retention and wispy lacing that is left on the glass. The nose is thick with caramel and roasted malts. There is also a touch of smokiness and roasted coffee notes. Taste is of the roasted and caramel malts, and the burnt/roasted coffee. Touches of molasses in the taste with a mild smokey flavoring. Mouth is slightly chewy with a bitter aftertaste, moderate to high carbonation, lighter bodied than most stouts. This is a highly drinkable stout - especially with the ABV on it.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, translucent around the edges, thin off-white head.

Nose is sharply roasty, hoppy acidity comes through, dark bread crust. Kind of one dimensional, but cuts through.

Taste is very roasty, sharp, acidic hop bitterness towards the finish with an underlying earthiness. Spicy and almost peppery in its sharpness. Light, and surprisingly refreshing for a roasty dark beer. Seems somewhere between a hoppy stout and an Indian brown ale, but lacks the robustness I get from the best examples of those styles, the balance.

Active carbonation sharp, med-light body. Easily drinkable in just about any weather, which is unusual.

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Photo of checkfeet
2.06/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle, Beermania, Brussels.

Pours a light brown, like weak coffee, thin fizzy head.

Nose has a hint of coffee, but not robust. Perhaps like burnt or stale coffee beans. Sugars also come though, like dark fruits.

Very thin in the mouth for a dry stout, with little malt backbone evident. Without a maltiness to bring it together, the burnt coffee and smoky taste (perhaps a hint of tobacco) are left sort of hanging isolated and limp. Really is reminiscent of coffee that has been brewed too weakly.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle, to large Reidel wine glass. Approx. 45 degrees

A) Very dark & thick, with suspended "stuff" floating around... Brown bordering on black. No light passes through. White lacing lasts until the end

S) Burnt sugar, sour mash

T) Delicious speciman, Belgian Stout ale. Burnt chocolate, raisons and figs. Yummy (if you like this style)

M) Has the required Belgian ale "effervescent" fizz -- a very light yet dense carbonation that lingers from bottle conditioning

D) I really enjoyed this one. Alcohol is light comparitively, thus welcoming a second round. Okay, why not.

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Photo of schuim
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at a festival in belgium. The served it from the tap. The looks were very nice, deep brown to black and a light coloured head on it. The smell was very dry of roasted malts.
The taste was nice and tha roasted malt had the biggest part in the taste, not really a hop flavour to balance it. The end misses the hoppy caracter to make you wish for another. It leaves a long lingering dry taste of roasted malt.

Good but could even be better with a little more body to bring balance to the dry taste of roast malt.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Liquor World in Porter Sq. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown color. Heavyset white head. Carbonation really only noticeable at the very bottom of the glass. Decent amount of lacing. Smelled like a lot of roasted barely, with a sprinkle of milk chocolate. Taste was good, not great. Cocoa powder and coffee dominate. Didn't blow me away though. A bit thin in the body, but I have noticed that trend from other Belgian stouts. Very easy to drink, low abv. A bit on the boring side though, but good for one to enjoy.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium head that levels out to a decent film. Colour is deep dark brown with medium carbonation evident. A thin film stays until the end, but minimal lacing. Opaque.

SMELL: A yeasty nose of dark fruit, raisins, and dates, and a bit of spiciness. A bit of roasted malt and smokiness in the background as well. Some alcohol turns up in the nose as well, which was unexpected given the low ABV.

TASTE: This was very interesting, and considerably more impressive than the nose advertised. Some dark fruit, as was expected, but that was quickly taken over by very burnt malt, some smokiness, and some very bitter dark chocolate and black coffee. Some malt sweetness plays with the bitterness, which is nicely done. The aftertaste is strong and lingering, consisting of bitter chocolate and black coffee again, as well as a touch of alcohol. Certainly makes a statement.

PALATE: Medium-thick body, almost chewy, with slightly higher than average carbonation. Goes down creamy smooth but finishes with a little alcohol bite at the very end. Slightly mouth coating sticky at the end.

OVERALL: Very enjoyable. The taste was certainly a pleasant surprise, though its powerful nature would make it difficult to session. It was certainly enjoyable for the one, however. Finally, though the ABV is only 4.5%, it has a much bigger impact than you'd expect. I'd definitely go for one again, but I'd probably stop at one.

Final note: The website says this stout was inspired by the Irish style, but the Belgian in it is still more prevalent. A nice brew on its own.

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Photo of jstilwell
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll try anything from Belgium at least once.

A: Black pour with dark brown overtones. As thick a head as you will ever see with a proper pour. Some nice lacing.

S: Grain, cream, tin, yeast and sugar

T: This begins with some bitterness and a bit of a metallic taste, malt follows and some blackened bayou style flavors. The alcohol is apparent in the finish and is warming.

M: Medium to above average mouthfeel, fairly robust and chewy. Some carbonation.

D: I could have a few of these. They go down pretty easy and at 4.5%, if you are in the mood for a few stouts, try a session of these.

A decent offering, better than average.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I risked serving this beer at around 60°F / 15.6°C and paid for it with a bit of a foam over. The beer settles into my 25cl tulip glass with a three finger (including a finger of head that resides above the rim of my glass), frothy, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, but does have a touch of a burnt amber hue to it, when held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, deep, concentrated, ruby red hue. Up front the aroma smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, there is a sort of earthiness to the malt and an almost smoky quality to the beer. The aroma has quite a hearty malt focus to it, but there is an underlying character that peeks through at times; aromas of burnt prunes, light phenolics (which contribute to the smokiness found in the nose), as well as some woody black pepper notes and some striking orange zest aromatics that are quite noticeable once I separate them out. I like how malt focused this beer was initially and how it opens up to reveal another layer that adds to the overall complexity.

This beer is well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my mouth. The first sip is dry, with a black cocoa note and some burnt grain notes that really dry out the finish as well. The dark grain, along with likely other sources (e.g. yeast / fermentation), contributes a light tartness to this beer that also contributes to the drying effect. Releasing some of the excess, peppery carbonation smoothes out the beer quite a bit; this plays up the cocoa notes a bit, but this is still quite spicy. The spice notes make me think of pepper, perhaps a touch of clove and a definite earthy note, perhaps a touch of almost peat like smokiness too. This is definitely quite light bodied, though not watery, it is quite drinkable once you get rid of the excess carbonation.

This is quite a nice beer, the aroma is definitely a bit more interesting / complex than the flavor though. I like that it is dry, and it could almost pass for a ordinary dry stout if not for that hint of fermentation character that makes this a little something extra-ordinary.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown where muted light comes through. Light head that recedes to a single layer of bubbles. Some spiderweb lace.

The smell is slightly off-putting. Smells like soured milk and dark chocolate.

Far more espresso-like than the smell would indicate. Relatively thin body with a high level of carbonation. The finish is like the end of a dark coffee.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color with thin, coffee-colored foam head. Aroma consists of strong maltiness, chocolate, plum and raisin. Nice carbonation with a very smooth taste consisting of hints of dark chocolate, broasted malt and dark fruits.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An 11.2 oz. bottle picked up a few weeks back at Cork - A Bottle Shop. Poured to a pint glass this evening...felt like a light stout and curious about the Belgian slant. 'Stouterik - The Brussels Stout'

A: Dark brown, falling short of black. Held to light, it's a deep mahogany with a burgundy tint. Huge head of crackling fluff on the first pour - a yellowish vanilla. What was over two-fingers drop to a 1/4" of dense cream that never quite disappears. Good-looking lace in thick clumps.

S: Slightly sweet toasted malt with hint of char. Earthy, coffee beans and a faint yeasty aroma with mild dark fruit/berries.

T: Rich espresso, deep and dark roast. Wisps of woody smoke punctuate a bitter chocolate. Hints at spicy yeast are subtle, as are the dark fruit undertones; mostly this is cdark chocolate and espresso through and through

M: Remarkably robust mouthfeel from a 'small' stout. Has some carbonated tingle, but is creamy enough and finishes with a prolonged mineral dryness that's worth savoring. This is what I'll remember most about this beer - the outstanding richness in the mouth.

D: A really terrific stout; I recall being very impressed with the taste I had of this at Portland Int'l Beerfest this summer. A little over-bittered for my liking, but definitely one to recommend to fans of the 'Dry Stout' style. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a dark brown color, thin looking but opaque, with a fluffy crown of light beige head on top, measuring well over two inches. Coats the glass quite well, leaving a spiderweb lace on the sides and keeping a full lace.

Smell has some dark fruits, maybe some plums and figs, roasted malt, coffee and some cocoa. It could be a bit stronger.

Taste is a robust combination of roasted malt and espresso beans. There's some dark fruit like the smell, but the coffee and roasted flavor are the dominant ones. There's a hint of cocoa here and again, as well. Roasted malt and the coffee especially leave a long lasting bitterness, and overall this is pretty dry.

Body is pretty light on this one, and as mentioned it's pretty dry. Decent creaminess to it, though, with ample carbonation.

This is a pretty solid dry stout, which I definitely enjoyed. Different than a typical Irish stout, and I like it. Definitely worth a try.

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Stouterik (The Brussels Stout) from Brasserie de la Senne
3.76 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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